JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection I Gusti Ayu Bintang Puspayoga warned that Indonesia’s senior citizens need extra attention in the new normal.
Against the backdrop of rising Covid-19 cases, several Indonesian provinces have gone ahead in implementing a new normal transition.
Given that the deaths of Indonesian senior citizens infected with the Covid-19 virus make up 43.7 percent of total Covid-19-related deaths in the country, careful attention to them will be integral in the new normal.
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“Thus we need to pay special attention to protect Indonesian senior citizens so they remain healthy amid the impending new normal,” said I Gusti Ayu on June 22.
I Gusti Ayu also recalled a WHO data that indicates senior citizens and individuals with pre-existing conditions have the highest risk for the Covid-19 virus.
Among the aspects which require extra attention for Indonesia’s senior citizens are their health and vitality.
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Other factors include identifying members who have the Covid-19 virus and protection against physical abuse.
Keeping a watchful eye on Indonesia’s senior citizens who are living alone or are in senior care homes was also recommended.